Westwood: I have the short game to win at Lytham
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Westwood: I have the short game to win at Lytham

This is the 11th Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

The only man to win here twice, Seve Ballesteros, was a short-game wizard. Lee Westwood, frankly, is not. But that doesn't mean the best ballstriker in the world today cannot end an 0-for-57 skid in the majors this week.

"People have said the previous winners at Lytham have all got great short games and apparently I haven't got much of a short game," Westwood said Tuesday, according to Reuters. "I think my game suits most places. That's why I've contended in most major championships recently."

Westwood has enjoyed nine top-10 finishes in his last 17 majors played, but the former No. 1 continues to be haunted by his inability to win one.

The Englishman's strength is from tee to green, which is an asset this week in avoiding the 206 bunkers on the course and the high, thick rough which encloses each hole. While Westwood has an advantage with 13 clubs in the bag, he admits he will have to sport his best short game this week.

"One of the main questions here at Lytham is to hit it as straight as possible," he said. "Whoever wins this week will have to have every aspect of their game in top shape."

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